"Its just like watching Brazil!!
Theres a phrase that wasn't heard much during the 90 minutes at Kings Heath today. There are a number of reasons for
this, we play in blue and black stripes, we play on a hard & bumpy pitch,
and we were playing in an Araglen Sunday league match. Perhaps the biggest
reason though, was that we didn't actually have much in the way of quality
about our game. The football was pretty in stages, we showed the occasional
glimpse of flair and to our credit we worked hard. It just wasn't enough
against an industrious & workman-like Northampton United."
After falling behind
to a Bob Wager goal, Kings Heath never really recovered any genuine
belief. Marc Jeffrey went close on a couple of occasions, Glenn Billingham,
Martyn Allen and Andy Blenco all guilty of missing half-chances before
Having taken a few knocks during the first-half, Martyn
Allen was replaced by Craig Sampson ready for the second period. In
fairness, the opening few moments of the half gave the impression that Heath
would eventually win the match in comfortable fashion!
A free-kick nestling
in the corner of Olly Urquhart's net brought everyone back to a harsh
reality. From that moment on, it was wave after wave of Kings Heath attack.
Sampson was lively yet sometimes over-zelious, Tansley was starting to pull
strings and direct the play, Anger and Billingham were busy and creative
down the flanks, Jeffery was working his proverbial socks off and showing
some real quality, Yet still there were no real sights at goal.
then won a free-kick, Tansley swung in an inch-perfect ball, Nick Blenco
rose like a salmon to direct the ball into the net, the deficit halved 2-1.
Billingham's inconsistent levels of shooting then hit a new high. A 30-yard
hum-dinger stinging the hands of the N'pton utd keeper, before an easier
chance from 18-yards was blazed over the bar. Bob Tansley then went one
better, smashing an effort off the cross-bar. Andy Blenco was first to
follow up, surely this was what everyone was waiting for. Time stood still
as the ball dropped waist-height to Blenco, the crowd held their breath, a
man walking his dog stopped still in his tracks, players arms were aloft
with anticipated celebration....... then Blenco tried to blast the ball home
with his nose. A shake of the head, a cheeky grin and the man and his dog
wondered off into the autumn sun.
As the clock was ticking away, star keeper
Olly Urquhart embarked on a couple of mad-dashes and was un-lucky not to
connect with a corner in the dying moments.
The final score was Kings Heath
1-2 Northampton United.
Kings Heath United (4-4-2):
L.Morin (D.Robinson), R.Paige, N.Blenco, J.Allen
C.Davies (A.Blenco), B.Tansley, J.Anger, G.Billingham
M.Allen (C.Sampson), M.Jeffrey